Curriculum Intent Statement– Early Years Foundation Stage
At Eastbury Community School Primary, we believe Early Years Foundation Stage is fundamental in obtaining solid foundations that children are going to continue to build upon. It is our intention that pupils who enter our Early Years develop verbally, physically, emotionally and cognitively whilst embedding a positive attitude towards school and learning. In providing children with an effective ‘Quality of Education’, we aspire to deliver a curriculum that is vibrant and creative and that puts our pupil’s interests at its heart. Our aim in EYFS is to excite pupil’s imaginations and inspire them to learn. We want to extend their horizons, deepen their understanding and meet their needs, so they can become successful lifelong learners.
Pupils in both our Nursery and Reception classes follow the EYFS Curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.
The Prime Areas
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
Communication and Language
The Specific Areas
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Throughout all of these areas of learning and at the heart of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum are the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’. These are:
Playing and Exploring – Engagement
Active Learning – Motivation
Creating and Thinking Critically – Thinking
At ECS Primary, the teaching of these areas of learning is practical and playful with support and challenge from practitioners in whole class sessions, small groups and working with individuals through quality interactions. All areas of the EYFS curriculum are followed and planned for to ensure there is a broad, balanced and progressive learning environment and curriculum.
Within our EYFS Curriculum, pupils are assessed continuously through accurate and key observations through an online journal (Tapesry). These provide us with information for future planning, not only for our individual classes but also for individual pupil’s next steps in their learning. They enable us, as EYFS practitioners, to make certain learning is rooted and consistent and that all pupils continue to make outstanding progress within Early Years (Nursery and Reception).
Our indoor and outdoor learning environments are modified regularly to meet the emerging and different needs of individual pupils across Early Years. We aim to ensure that these areas are always inspiring, stimulating and exciting and that, importantly, they are accessible to all children, regardless of where they are on their learning journey. As an inner London city school in a residential area, we are extremely fortunate to have a Forest School in our outdoor environment to provide our pupils with a specialised learning approach in a natural environment with trees.
Forest School (FS) is a specialised approach to outdoor learning that aims to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning in a woodland environment. At ECS, it is a long-term process of regular play sessions to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world and offers our pupils the opportunity to take supported risks and experience the awe and wonder of nature.
At ECS, we strive to ensure our children reach the Early Learning Goals (ELG’s) at the end of Reception. EYFS practitioners track progress throughout the academic year to ensure rates of progress are at least good for all children, including children with SEND or who are disadvantaged.